Managing Heart Risk
New Blood Pressure Guidelines

Making Sense of the New Blood Pressure Guidelines

New guidelines lowering the definition of high blood pressure are designed to change focus from the treatment of heart disease to preventing it in the first place. In November, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology released new guidelines that lowered the threshold of high blood pressure, …

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Understanding Your Body
Your Dentist and Your Health

What Your Dentist Can Tell You About Your Health

Could your mouth be the window to your overall health? That may be taking it a bit far, but your mouth is one of the first places in your body that can indicate if you are sick or have an underlying health problem. For this reason, regular dental check-ups are an important part of maintaining health …

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Heart-Healthy Recipes
Apple Walnut Bread Recipe and Video

VIDEO: Apple Walnut Bread Recipe

Get your warm cup of tea or coffee ready. Because this apple walnut bread is perfect with a hot beverage and to share with family and friends. Bring it to a holiday party or a casual brunch. It’s sweet and tasty but low in fat thanks to the shredded apples …

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Heart-Healthy Treats
Pumpkin Swirl Brownies Recipe & Video

VIDEO: Pumpkin Swirl Brownies Recipe

If you are one of those people who rejoice when all the pumpkin-flavored products take over the coffee shop and grocery store shelves each fall, this brownie recipe is definitely for you. We tricked out this beloved chocolate treat with a creamy swirl of spicy, vitamin-rich pumpkin. Not only do …

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Healthy Recipes
Easy Heart Smart Guacamole Recipe

Easy Heart Smart® Guacamole Recipe

Trying to eat a heart-healthy diet can be tricky at times. Decades ago, people thought they needed to avoid all fat in their diets, but we now know through research and nutrition science that there is a big difference between healthy fats (those found in olive and canola oil, avocados, …

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Managing Heart Risk

The Truth About Coconut Oil

Contrary to popular belief, coconut oil is not a “good fat.” In fact, coconut oil had become a common ingredient in seemingly better-for-you versions of baked goods and fried foods. However, a recent report from the American Heart Association debunks this urban legend with cold, hard scientific data. It turns …

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Understanding Your Health
Is it a Panic Attack or a Heart Attack?

Is it a Panic Attack or Heart Attack?

Any unusual sensation in the heart is frightening. Suddenly you feel an intense pressure on your chest, or you experience irregular heart palpitations. Maybe you even feel sweaty and dizzy, or suffer from shortness of breath. What is happening? Are you in the midst of a heart attack, or has …

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Understanding Dietary Guidelines

The Hidden Sources of Sodium in Our Diets

It’s no secret that Americans ingest too much sodium. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that Americans consumed about 3,400 mg of sodium daily in 2013 – far above the American Heart Association’s “ideal” intake of 1,500 mg daily. But it’s not all coming from the saltshaker. …

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Understanding Heart Disease

4 Unexpected Things That Can Affect Heart Health

There are many known behaviors that can negatively affect your heart health. From inactivity to smoking to consuming too much salt, most people understand that these dangers can have a detrimental impact on your heart. But could you be hurting your heart in other ways without even knowing it? Bryan …

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Exercise Ideas & Tips

Are You Working Out Hard Enough?

It’s not exactly news that working out is beneficial for your overall health – especially your heart. Exercising lowers your risk of suffering a heart attack, increases your chances of survival if you do have one, and prevents a host of other issues, such as obesity and diabetes, that can …

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